Corridor planning for the Business Loop is moving along and here is a quick update on our progress.
After a review of our community priority survey, a walking audit, a biking audit, a SWOT analysis, and comments from our town hall meeting, the Loop Corridor Planning Committee outlined the following objectives:
Most notably, the committee spoke with a representative from Lakeview in Chicago about their recent street upgrades. Realizing it would take years to secure funding and rebuild infrastructure, they focused their initial efforts on quick, inexpensive, and temporary pilot projects that immediately improved the area and provided proof of concept for the final plan. The result was a more attractive, safe, and walkable neighborhood that created additional public support for their efforts.
The Business Loop is in need of major infrastructure upgrades and we are aware that improving a 1 1/2 mile stretch of road will take significant time and investment. However, we have a 5-lane road to work with and think there may be some creative and relatively simple ways to make some immediate changes.
We have drafted a Request for Qualifications and will be seeking a consulting firm with expertise in the following: